Brampton honouring first turban-wearing Sikh elected to the House of Commons with Key to the City

Published April 14, 2023 at 3:23 pm

Former Brampton politician Gurbax Singh Malhia, the first turban-wearing Sikh elected to the House of Commons, is getting the Key to the City.

Malhi was first elected as the Liberal MP for Bramalea-Gore-Malton in 1993. He served as MP for 18 years until his defeat in the 2011 election and even has a park named after him in Brampton.

On Friday, Brampton announced plans to give Malhia a Key to the City in recognition of his many years of public service.

The first Sikh elected to Parliament, Malhi is regarded as a trailblazer in Canadian politics as the first turban-wearing member of the House of Commons.

Malhi was born in Punjab, India in 1949 and moved to Canada in 1975. He entered politics in 1993 and lost in 2011 to Conservative candidate Bal Gosal, followed by another well-known turban-wearing politician, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.

The City of Brampton will be awarded the Key to the City to Malhi at a ceremony at The Rose Theatre on Tuesday (April 18).

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